Plight of Syrian refugees traveling through Europe documented in video by Israeli journalist Seth Frantzman
By Ray Hanania
Israeli journalist and writer Seth J. Frantzman has produced an insightful video documentary on the challenges of the plight of Syrian refugees called “The Human Face of the European Union Refugee Crisis.”
The documentary is a collection of photographs and videos of the refugees published on YouTube on Sept. 14, 2015.
Frantzman, Op-Ed editor at the Jerusalem Post Newspaper, describe it online as “My journey across the borders of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary to follow the refugee crises that is unfolding in Europe on September 10-12, 2015.”
Frantzman’s trip followed the trail of the refugees and documents the challenges they faced, comparing the plight of Syrian refugees to that of Jewish refugees through Europe in the 1930s prior to World War II. It’s a personal narrative.
We read the stories every day but to see the videos and photos brings the stories to life. Most of the refugees are Syrian but many are Afgani and other races, also. The refugees are trying to pass through Hungary to get to the EU. The conditions are abysmal. Tents. Lack of food. Police. everywhere. Border fences. They walk along the railroad tracks. The UN and other charities including from Islamic countries are providing some food, fruit and water.
Here is the video, which is 16 minutes long. You can also click here to go to Youtube to view it there:
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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